Katie McGrath

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Katie McGrath
Katie McGrath at Comic Con France 2010 - P1440209.jpg
McGrath at the Japan Expo in 2010
BornKatie Elizabeth McGrath
October 1983 (age 30)
Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland
OccupationActress, model
Years active2007–present
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
 
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Katie McGrath
Katie McGrath at Comic Con France 2010 - P1440209.jpg
McGrath at the Japan Expo in 2010
BornKatie Elizabeth McGrath
October 1983 (age 30)
Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland
OccupationActress, model
Years active2007–present
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)

Katie Elizabeth McGrath[1] is an Irish actress and model from Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland,[2] best known for playing Morgana in the BBC One TV series Merlin.

Background[edit]

McGrath studied the International Baccalaureate at St. Andrews College before graduating from Trinity College, Dublin with a degree in History.[3] She wanted to work in fashion journalism and took a job at Image magazine,[3] before becoming a wardrobe assistant on the set of The Tudors.[4]

Career[edit]

While working on The Tudors, McGrath was advised to try acting, so she sent photographs around Irish agents.[5] She said,

"A couple of the producers said I should give acting a try. I just thought, ‘Why not?’ It’s like running away to join the circus, everyone wants to do it when they’re young but then you grow up and get a proper job. But somebody’s got to do it or you wouldn’t have the circus."[6]

McGrath was cast in Damage, an Irish TV-movie in 2007. She also starred in Bedrock Productions's play La Marea at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2007.[7]

Katie McGrath (right) with Merlin co-star Angel Coulby (left)

She appeared in the feature films Eden and Freakdog in 2008, before being cast in Merlin.

In 2009, McGrath starred in a five-part docudrama for Channel 4 exploring the life of Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen, in which she played a young Princess Margaret.[8]

In 2010, McGrath was cast in Madonna's directorial debut W.E., a King Edward VIII biopic. McGrath played Lady Furness, the king's former mistress who introduces him to Wallis Simpson.[9]

In February 2011, McGrath began filming the comedy-drama film A Princess for Christmas in Romania.[10] The film premiered in December 2011.

In September 2011, McGrath voice-acted the lead character in the Irish animated short film Tríd an Stoirm (Through the Storm). Later that month, McGrath was cast as Oriane Congost in Labyrinth.[11]

In February 2013, McGrath was reunited with her The Tudors co-worker and close friend Jonathan Rhys Meyers in NBC and Sky Living's horror drama TV series Dracula, which started airing in autumn 2013.[12] McGrath portrays Lucy Westenra.

In June 2013, McGrath starred in the Channel 4 show Dates alongside Gemma Chan as a young lesbian on the dating scene.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008EdenTrisha
2008Tudors, TheThe TudorsBessSeason 2, episode 5: "His Majesty's Pleasure"
2008FreakdogHarriet Chambers
2008Roaring Twenties, TheThe Roaring TwentiesVixenTV miniseries
2008–2012MerlinMorgana Pendragon65 episodes (Main Role)
2009Queen, TheThe QueenPrincess MargaretSeason 1, episode 1: "Margaret"
2012LabyrinthOriane CongostTV miniseries
2013DatesKate FosterTV series
2013DraculaLucy WestenraSeason 1, episodes 1–10

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2007DamageRachelTV movie
2007PebbleTaraShort film
2011W.E.Lady Thelma Furness
2011Princess for Christmas, AA Princess for ChristmasJules DalyTV movie
2012Tríd an StoirmAlice/Banshee(voice)Short film
2014Leading LadyJodi Rutherfordpost-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "the lion, the lake and the lover are at your door". Mcmorgans.tumblr.com. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Interview Katie McGrath" (July 2011) Irish Tatler
  3. ^ a b "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". The Gloss Magazine. Retrieved 5 November 2013. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Girls – Katie McGrath". Arena Magazine. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Sunday Herald Salon – She's magic[dead link]
  6. ^ "Arena – Under Her Spell". Katiemcgrathfan.net78.net. Retrieved 5 November 2013. [dead link]
  7. ^ bedrockproductions[dead link]
  8. ^ "Five actresses to play the Queen for C4". The Guardian. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "Katie McGrath praises 'fantastic' Madonna". London: Digital Spy. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  10. ^ Blaga, Lulia (25 February 2011). "PRODUCTION: Christmas at Castlebury Hall Will Shoot in Romania". Film New Europe. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "katiemcunf • part of Katie McGrath Fan". Katiemcunf.tumblr.com. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Victoria Smurfit To Sink Teeth into Jonathan Rhys Meyers' 'Dracula'". IFTN. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "'DATES' (CHANNEL 4) – EPISODE 4 REVIEW". uktvreviewer.wordpress.com. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

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